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Road Trip Goodie Bags for Kids: 18 “Are We There Yet” Activities

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March 19, 2019

“Are we there yet?” road trip goodie bags will be the solution that you’re looking for for your next family road trip!

Quite possibly the most simple and easy fix for fighting boredom during long-haul car rides, these inexpensive road trip activity bags will keep your kids preoccupied when the hours on the road seem endless.

Containing snacks, trinkets, printable games, and activities, “Are we there yet?” road trip goodie bags are the perfect addition to adding fun and pizazz to a classic family road trip. They are super easy to make and will keep your kids wondering what could possibly be coming next!

Road Trip Goodie Bags: Age Appropriateness

Planned road trip goodie bags are good for any age!

At the time of our first epic road trip, our 3 boys were ages 7, 10, and 12. Though our 10 and 12- year-olds wouldn’t have normally played with trinkets or dollar store arts and crafts, in comes the exception!

All 3 of our children, despite their ages, were fascinated by the road trip goodie bags given to them in the form of a ‘gift’ along a boring stretch of Interstate.

Those of you with younger children will need to substitute age-appropriate snacks and toys. Parents of girls may choose to add in some gender-specific trinkets. Alternatively, consider adding Itunes gift cards, books, magazines, and sugary snacks suitable for tweens and teens.

In other words, go with the general idea of these road trip goodie bags and add things that will excite you and your kids!

Additional road trip activities tip: For the most successful, grumbling-free adventure, combine the use of these activity bags with my Top 10 Tips for a Family Road Trip.

Likewise, because traveling with kids ages 1 – 4 presents its own set of ‘challenges’, read up on these toddler specific road trip activities that are sure to keep them preoccupied!

Cost of Road Trip Goodie Bags

Each and every one of the following items were purchased at The Dollar Store knowing that their use is intended to be simple and short-lived.

They are basically ‘in-the-moment-sanity savers’. In other words, nothing fancy, and not too expensive.

Don’t go overboard on the cost of these items.

I made 18 bags for each of our 3 children. 9 bags for the way to our destination, and 9 bags for the return trip home. Each bag contains 2 or 3 Dollar Store items with the exception of a few activity bags that contained more expensive items.

Road trip goodie bags planning tip: The total cost for our 54 “Are we there yet” road trip activity bags was $90.00.

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Various colors of road trip activity bags

“Are We There Yet?” Road Trip Goodie Bags

“Are we there yet bags” are intended to be small surprises to give your children throughout the duration of an extended road trip.

They do not replace healthy snacks and meals that should be alternated with the candy and treats mentioned below. Instead, refer to a reliable road trip food list for healthy meal and snack ideas when traveling.

Select bags based on their portability and size, and be sure to purchase treat bags that children cannot see through. Likewise, buy enough bags to give to your children every 30 minutes to 1-hour throughout the duration of your road trip.

#1 Notebooks, markers, and stickers

Notebook of plain white drawing paper and a fresh new pack of markers. Insert some stickers for a little something extra.

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Art road trip activity bag

#2 Hand-held pinball game

Hand-held pinball game and a snack-size treat.

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Pinball road trip activity bag

#3 Portable dry erase board

Travel size dry erase board and sweet and salty snack mix (or other fun snack!).

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: White board road trip activity bag

#4 Party favors

Colorful party favors can be used as a small, fun toy. Add in some gum to keep the kids extra occupied!

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Party favor road trip activity bag

#5 Minnie Mouse chapstick and Minnie snack bags

Purchase themed-baggies to make individual portions of various snacks. Accompany the themed bags with a coordinating toy or accessory!

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Minnie-themed road trip activitybag

#6 Word search puzzle book and multi-colored pen

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Word find road trip activity bag

#7 Travel size play dough

Travel size playdough and a sweet treat that perhaps they have never had before!

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Play dough road trip activity bag

#8 Punch balloons or bubbles

Punch balloons or bubbles are a great idea for a pit stop or roadside activity when everyone is needing to get a little energy out!

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Punch balloon road trip activity bag

#9 Felt-art or other coloring Kit with a sweet treat

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Pop rocks road trip activity bag

#10 Glow stick necklaces for nighttime travel

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Glow stick road trip activity bag

#11 Bubble-Goo bubble blower

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Blow bubble road trip activity bag

#12 Themed crayons and a marching snack-bag treat

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Mickey road trip activity bag

#13 Sporty water bottle and water flavoring

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Fruity water road trip activitybag

#14 Balloons to blow-up and bop around

Another great pit-stop activity!

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Balloon and candy road trip activity bag

#15 Squish-able bubble wrap and collector cards

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Bubble wrap road trip activity bag

#16 Color activity book and a calculator for pushing buttons and computing fun

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Computing fun road trip activity bag

#17 Putty, slime, or anything gooey!

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Gummy bears road trip activity bag

#18 A destination-appropriate travel cup (Disney!)

Road Trip activities featured by top US family travel blog, Travel with a Plan: Sticker-theme road trip activitybag

There ya have it! Easy peasy road trip goodie bags and surprise treats that will keep the kids entertained for hours!

Now, on to planning our next family adventure!

What road trip activity is your favorite way to help pass time? Thanks for responding!

Jen

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    Glenda Cates

    March 5, 2020

    I can’t wait to use these ideals the next time we take a trip. My son is 12 so I thought of even other ideals I can add to the bags.

    • Reply

      Jen

      March 8, 2020

      Yay! I’m glad you came up with some fun ideas! Our oldest is 13 years-old and, yes, it is still fun picking out stuff for him too 🙂

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